Everywhen The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia Stephen Gilchrist, Narayan Khandekar, Fred Myers, Hetti Perkins, Henry Skerritt, Shawn Rowlands, Daniel Kirby, Georgina Rayner

Publication date:
02 Feb 2016
Harvard Art Museums
228 pages: 267 x 203mm
122 color illus. + 2 b-w illus.
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Indigenous concepts of time play a critical role in the works of many contemporary Australian artists. Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia showcases prime examples, featuring many works of art that have never before been exhibited outside Australia. The book provides a cultural framework to help understand these objects, emphasizing the importance of the land, the rich narratives that cleave to it, and the art it inspires. It is organized around four central themes: ancestral transformation, ritualized performance, seasonality, and remembrance. Six essays and nearly seventy catalogue entries highlight many of the most significant Indigenous Australian artists of the last forty years, from Rover Thomas and Emily Kam Kngwarray (both former representatives at the Venice Biennale) to the contemporary bark painter John Mawurndjul and the visual and performance artist Christian Thompson. Also included are examples of related historical objects and a technical examination of traditional Aboriginal bark paintings. This revelatory book introduces the thematic, stylistic, and cultural diversity of contemporary Indigenous art from Australia to a wider audience.


Stephen Gilchrist is associate lecturer in art history at the University of Sydney and Australian Studies Visiting Curator at the Harvard Art Museums. 

Selected by ArtAsiaPacific magazine as one of the 10 Best Art Books of 2016.